Youth are experiencing overwhelming stress and they don’t know how to manage it.
Nearly half of teens report they are not doing enough to manage their stress and educators working with students who exhibit stress often ask these students to “calm down” without equipping them with strategies for how to calm down.
Since founding in December, 2016, Youth Yoga Project has:
Equipped over 1,000 students in grades PreK-12 to use their breath and body to regulate their emotions and maintain a healthy lifestyle through yoga and mindfulness practices
Taught yoga and mindfulness at over 35 schools and community centers
Empowered over 800 educators through professional development with mindfulness practices to create calm, focused and joyful classrooms
Data collected during Youth Yoga Project programs shows significant increases in the percentage of students who report having strong social-emotional competence and utilizing healthy social-emotional tools and skill sets. Through pre-test and post-test assessments, we learned:
Discipline data showed a 20% decrease in the amount of out of class removals as a result of YYP’s program.
The average attendance for students was 2% higher on days when yoga instruction occurred.
Students intentionally notice their brain, body and breath and how mindfulness impacts their brain, body and nervous system
I can identify how my body feels when I get upset or angry.
I can use my breathing to identify how I am feelings.
I know places in my body where I hold tension and stress.
Students know how to use mindfulness to manage big emotions such as anxiety and stress
I have tools to regulate my feelings and emotions.
I know physical movements that help me when I need a break.
I have healthy tools to manage my stress.
Social Awareness & Relationship Skills
Students use mindfulness practices to notice and support those around them and create community
I regularly practice empathy.
I know how to resolve conflict in a healthy way.
Students use mindfulness to calm their emotional brain and access their thinking brain to make positive decisions for themselves and their community
I can recognize how my actions impact others.
I know how to seek help when I need it.
I regularly make healthy choices that support myself and my school community.
After completing professional development with Youth Yoga Project:
100% of teachers report that they would recommend YYP professional development to a colleague.
Increase from 10% to 65% of teachers notice their students using mindfulness to self-regulate.
Increase from 36% to 100% of teachers using mindfulness for their own self-care.
Increase from 9% to 62% of teachers using mindfulness as part of their daily instruction.